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Las Vegas officer on paid leave following shooting at 7-Eleven

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Las Vegas officer on paid leave following shooting at 7-Eleven

CREATED Oct 22, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A man was shot by a Las Vegas police officer shortly after 10:30 p.m. Monday near North Nellis Boulevard and Stewart Avenue.

According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, a patrol officer saw a man he thought matched the description of the suspect in a double homicide, which had occurred nearby the night before.

The officer followed the man inside a 7-Eleven convenience store.

Once inside the store, the officer ordered the man multiple times to show his hands. The man raised one hand but not the other and began backing away.

The police officer felt threatened and fired one shot, hitting the man in the abdomen.

"I think Metro has proved once again that they're unable to train their officers or enforce the kind of accountability that will prevent this from happening again," said Staci Pratt, ACLU of Nevada.

The man was transported to University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The investigation into this incident has indicated the individual was not armed and is not a suspect in the double homicide.

"I think we have extremely professional police department. We have officers that don't even known the officer involved usually and they're professional and they're going to do a good job," said Steve Wolfson, district attorney.

The officer involved has been placed on routine paid administrative leave.